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Productive Play: How Computer Gaming Benefits Our Careers ๐Ÿ‘พ - Issue #7

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Productive Play: How Computer Gaming Benefits Our Careers ๐Ÿ‘พ - Issue #7
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Hi everyone,
Welcome to our seventh bi-weekly newsletter about remote work.

Productive Play: How Computer Gaming Benefits Our Careers
My friend Mike shared the following observation with me:
Art Lapinsch
@andreasklinger Recently had a chat w/ @hammer_mt who's co-founder used to be ProGamer and he said that there's a strong correlation between (1) being good at gaming and (2) being good at remote.

Both involves being productive in front of a glass box.

Brownie points for MPG experience ๐Ÿช
The reality is that in 2021 many aspects of life resemble computer gaming:
Sometimes it's weird to remember that we're all effectively competing to hit the right keys on our keyboards in the right order, and that if we do it for long enough we can buy a house.
Takeaway: Gaming Can Be Beneficial
In the past, I have written about the similarity of education and gaming for personal and career development.
In this issue, Iโ€™d like to focus on gaming for work. Particularly, for remote teams.
Shopify Party: Bringing Mario Party-Energy to Work
Shopify recently announced that they developed a computer game in-house.
Daniel Beauchamp
We built an internal game at Shopify to make virtual hangouts more fun. Itโ€™s called Shopify Party, and Iโ€™d love to tell you all about it ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
Why is this interesting?
Well, for starters, Shopify is an e-commerce platform company. They are not in the business of computer game development.
At the same time, Shopify has a remote workforce of 7000+ employees who want to feel connected with their colleagues.
Thatโ€™s why Shopify prioritized this seemingly unrelated project.
Two Decades Later: Party Mode Is Still Wassup
Two Decades Later: Party Mode Is Still Wassup
Professional Gaming Platform: A Billion Dollar Opportunity
You can view the following section through two lenses:
  1. ๐Ÿ–ฅ Professional: Draw ideas for your own company/team
  2. ๐Ÿ’ก Entrepreneur: Build a business with these ideas
Letโ€™s have a look at why this could be beneficial for remote teams at large ๐Ÿ‘‡
Shopify Party: Focus on Employee Affinity
Hereโ€™s how Daniel from Shopify described the purpose of this project:
There are many tools for virtual hangouts, but most focus on using video chat to recreate the office experience.
We wanted to give people a break from video-fatigue, and make a space designed for social play and being silly. [2/6]
The goal is to reduce the affinity distance between colleagues ๐Ÿ‘‡
Figure from our email-based course "The 80/20 of Remote Team Leadership"
Figure from our email-based course "The 80/20 of Remote Team Leadership"
Further Applications: From Brain Gym to Onboarding Sequences
Here are a couple of ideas how gaming could fit into the professional context:
Our prediction: in the coming years we will see a billion-dollar business that focuses on professional gaming.
Thereโ€™s an additional idea at play: mental state. Youโ€™ve probably heard about the importance of flow states for creativity and work. Many professionals struggle to achieve that when they need to complete a work project but dip into this state with ease when they are playing:
visa is stretching (hips)
I lay down on the sofa looking like the guy on the left, and then this image came to mind, and now I'm wide awake and looking like the guy on the right

fuckin wild
If we can harness this energy for work we could either be more efficient (equally as productive in a two-day workweek) or be more effective (get significantly more done in a 40hr workweek).
What do you think? Iโ€™d love to hear your thoughts.
Four Steps to Manage Documentation Overwhelm
Recently I got the following questions: How to avoid documentation/information overwhelm?
In short:
  1. Standardization ๐Ÿญ
  2. Search ๐Ÿ”
  3. Review Cycles ๐Ÿ”
  4. Curation ๐Ÿ“š
I put together a 7-minute video where I go into a bit more detail and show how to curate information in a Notion workspace ๐Ÿ‘‡
How to Find the Right Information in Your Documentation
How to Find the Right Information in Your Documentation
Please let me know if this type of content is helpful to you.
Early Bird Offer: Documentation Course ๐Ÿ“’
We are inching closer to the final release of The 80/20 of Remote Team Leadership ๐Ÿ - our email-based course about documentation for remote teams.
If you are looking to enable your team through clean documentation, then you can still benefit from our 50% off discount via this link ๐Ÿ‘‡
The 80/20 of Remote Leadership
Thanks for reading this issue ๐Ÿ™
If you have any particular remote work challenge, please reply to this email and Iโ€™ll make sure to cover it in the coming issues.
Onwards and upwards,
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